It would probably be easier to list who IS playing tonight in Philadelphia rather than who isn’t. Seven Nets —count ‘em— fill the team’s injury status report for the game that could determine the Eastern Conference seeding.
Read it and weep...
The absence of Kyrie Irving, who missed Tuesday’s game, means he’s available. He’ll be one of ten Nets dressed and active.
The big surprise of course is that Chris Chiozza fractured the third metacarpal of his shooting hand in the Timberwolves game Tuesday afternoon. The Nets detailed his situation in a separate “medical update.”
Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza underwent successful surgery today to repair a fractured third metacarpal of the right hand. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Chiozza sustained the injury during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Minnesota. Updates regarding Chiozza’s status will be provided as information becomes available.
In 22 games this season, Chiozza has averaged 4.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 10.6 minutes per contest.
Later Wednesday, Steve Nash said Chiozza is likely out for the rest of the season. IF the Nets feel they have to add a backup guard, they’d have to waive Chiozza and sign another player to the two-way spot Chiozza would vacate.
There is no deadline to sign a Two-Way player if the Nets elect to open up a roster spot. https://t.co/lTCqmTcBpo— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 14, 2021
Until James Harden returns —his hamstring will be re-evaluated this weekend, the loss of Chiozza will mean the Nets will have a bit of deficit at the point. After Chiozza had to leave the Timberwolves game and with Irving not available, Steve Nash relied on Landry Shamet to fill the gap. Bruce Brown also played the point for Detroit last season.
As for KD and Griffin, the decision to keep them out of back-to-backs is not surprising. Durant missed 23 games due to a hamstring injury. Bottom line for the Nets is they’d rather be healthy in May than risk injury in April.
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